La Spezia

Welcome to La Spezia, a port city famous for its sheltered bay and the charm of its historic alleys.
Also known as the ‘Gateway to the Cinque Terre’, it offers an ideal starting point for exploring the many fascinating villages that our territory holds.

Welcome to La Spezia, a port city famous for its sheltered bay and the charm of its historic alleys.
Also known as the ‘Gateway to the Cinque Terre’, it offers an ideal starting point for exploring the many fascinating villages that our territory holds.

Pearl in the Gulf of Poets

From its beginnings, the town has maintained a strong tourist character and was often a holiday resort for the royal family of Savoy.

The Golfo dei Poeti, the enchanting strip of land crowded with picturesque villages on the La Spezia coast, has been called ‘the amphitheatre of waters’. It is not known which of the two definitions is more apt, but both certainly help to suggest the enchantment that emanates from a landscape as clear as a painting, lost in a symphony of blue that knows no equal.

The deep inlet stretching from Portovenere to Lerici fascinated the major literary figures who lived at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, who found inspiration for their writings here, and is today the destination of a continuous pilgrimage of tourists who flock to admire the places loved by poets. Sandy beaches, quaint little harbours, fortresses overlooking the sea: the landscape unfolds before the eyes like a treasure chest containing priceless treasures.

Writers and painters who visited the Gulf of Poets.

Along the coast they passed through:

Petrarch,
Lord Byron,
Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife Mary,
Henry James,
D.H. Lawrence,
George Sand,
Virginia Woolf.
– Nobel Prize winner Eugenio Montale among these very places, ‘barricaded between the cliffs and the sea’, to which he dedicated some of the most beautiful pages of his poetry. It was to the town of Portovenere, situated at the western end of the Gulf of Poets, that Montale dedicated some of his most beautiful verses: ‘There the triton fears/ from the waves that lap/ the thresholds of a Christian temple/ and every hour that approaches/ is ancient.
– In turn, English painter William Turner immortalised the place in a painting that captured its enchanting light and charm: Turner’s landscape paintings, with their precious views of the gulf, illustrated James Hakewill’s Pictoresque Tour of Italy.
– It seems that the particular crescent shape of the gulf inspired Botticelli with a fragment of the famous painting The Birth of Venus.
– There are many stories intertwined with this blue inlet that seem to be trapped in this place forever, whispered like a secret kept deep inside a shell. Some more than others, such as the existential stories of Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Notes on the Military Arsenal.

It was towards the second half of the 19th century that La Spezia changed its appearance as a small walled city, assuming the rank of maritime maritime military capital with social and economic transformations that would take the city from a small hamlet with about 11,000 inhabitants to its current size as a provincial capital.
With the construction of theArsenal, the city completely changed its appearance. At the same time as the Arsenal, a system of fortifications was built on the heights of the Gulf and in the surrounding areas, and important military-related industries were established. The Arsenal was the scene of technical progress in the field of navigation and communications: it was here, in fact, that the first Italian submarine, the Delfino, was designed and built in the 1890s by Naval Engineer General Giacinto Pullino, later radically modified into a submarine in 1904 to a design by Major Cesare Laurenti; aircraft and seaplanes were also built here. And it was also here that Guglielmo Marconi conducted many of his experiments on radio waves.

Museums to visit in the city.

– La Spezia Naval Technical Museum;
– Amedeo Lia Civic Museum;
– San Georgio Castle;
– Seal Museum;
– Modern and Contemporary Art Centre;

– Giovanni Podenzana Ethnographic Museum;
– La Spezia Diocesan Museum;
– National Transport Museum;
– Pietro Mario Beghi Civic Library;
– Carispezia Foundation.

Privileged location

54 Rosselli Rooms is located right in the centre (at the beginning of the pedestrian area and in the historic centre of the city), therefore with many Restaurants, Trattorie, Osterie, Wine Bars, Pastry Shops, Cinemas, Civic Theatre. A 10-minute walk from La Spezia Centrale railway station and the public ferry to Lerici, Portovenere, Palmaria Island and the Cinque Terre villages.

The Cinque Terre (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Corniglia and Monterosso) are just a few kilometres away, as is PORTOVENERE, the medieval town of SARZANA, the Roman amphitheatre of LUNI, the elegant beaches of Bocca di Magra, Lerici and Tellaro, and the famous Carrara, where Michelangelo collected white marble to sculpt his masterpieces. The famous Portofino is less than an hour’s drive away.

Our neighboring Tuscany: less than an hour ‘s drive Pisa.

1h/1h30 drive from Lucca, Florence, Siena, Portofino, Santa Margherita, Genoa, Carrara, the Chianti area.
2 hours’ drive from Milan and the golden shopping triangle, Monte Napoleone, Brera and Duomo.

And if you like shopping: Forte dei Marmi, the Serravalle and Fidenza Outlets and Barberino… are very close.

Distance from the main airports: Genoa and Pisa (50 minutes by car); Florence (1 hour and a half).

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To visit the Cinque Terre, the Riviera Ligure di Levante, the Lunigiana, the Garfagnana, the marble quarries of Carrara, the Versilia and Tuscany (Pisa, Lucca and Florence just over an hour by car or train).